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A Northern California college freshman has been indicted on federal drug charges for allegedly creating an iPhone app he dubbed the 'Banana Plug' to sell cocaine, methamphetamine and hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Collin Howard on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to four federal felony counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine in San Jose.
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Howard had earlier pleaded not guilty to similar drug charges in Santa Cruz County.
According to a statement from the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, the 18-year-old named the app Banana Plug and hung posters advertising it on the University of California at Santa Cruz campus.
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The school's mascot is the banana slug and 'plug' is slang term for drug dealer.
Prosecutors say a campus police officer noticed the posters late last year and started an undercover operation with federal authorities.
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Undercover officers set up four drug buys using the app and Howard was arrested in his dorm room on November 28, 2018.
An affidavit filed by a Homeland Security Investigations agent in connection with a search warrant alleges that Howard's app, which was available on the Apple App Store, offered for sale...
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